Welcome : Department of Classics

Current Head of the Departments of Classics

                               Dr. Folake OnayemiDr. Folake Onayemi


It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Classics, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The Department was established in 1948 as one of the oldest Departments in the University. It was also one of the first Departments to secure recognition for Honours Degree courses under the scheme of special Relationship with the University of London. The Department is at present the only Department of Classics in Nigeria; the most populous Black nation.


Courses available in the Department are directed toward the study of the civilization of the Greeks and the Romans, a civilization which has affected developments in many parts of the world, including Africa. We study two ancient languages, Latin and Greek, primarily to serve as a basis for the study of the literature, history, society, philosophy and culture of the Graeco-Roman World and the interaction of that world with our world. There are courses, for example, on the classical tradition in English and French literature, historical background of the New Testament, Latin for Lawyers, Jurisprudence in Roman Law, the Graeco-Latin Roots of Scientific Terminology, Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle and so on. Presently, the number of teaching staff is eight and we all see the onus of moving our department forward as a collective responsibility.

 Past Heads of Department:  

1. E.A. Cadle (Ag) 1948-54


2. Kenneth L. McKay (Ag.) 1954-56


3. John Ferguson 1956-66


4. L.A. Thompson 1966-76, 1981-84, 1989-90


5. O. Kujore 1976-78, 1979-81, 1984-87


6. J.A. Ilevbare 1978-79, 1987-89, 1991-93, 1996-98, 1999-2001


7. J.E. Ifie 1994-1995, 2002 – 2004


8. V. Rev. Msgr. (Prof.) F.A. Adeigbo 2004 – 2005 June.